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Creating safe spaces

On a freezing February morning at Pathways High School, two speakers from Michigan non-profit i understand spoke to students about the importance of mental health...

District works to increase staff diversity to mirror student population

Kentwood leaders say word of mouth brings teachers of color and those looking to teach in the most diverse district in the state. Staff members are trained to be aware of biases and remove them from the hiring process...

Students feel welcome in a district with ‘flags of every country’

In the state’s most diverse district, students weigh in on what it means to them to go to school with peers from all over the globe...

Districts ready to spend COVID relief dollars — once state allocates them

Area school districts are waiting for federal relief funding to address the year-long impact of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Superintendent pinpoints funding needs during pandemic and beyond

Federal COVID relief funding will help, but larger needs remain in Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, Kent County’s poorest school district, says Superintendent Kevin Polston...

Distance learning hones collaboration, forges close connections

Three elementary teachers share how they have learned resilience and are reimagining how they engage their students outside the traditional classroom setting...

Districts on the hunt for 3,000 missing students

School leaders have been working to find students who didn’t show up in the fall, make sure they’re being educated and maybe even persuade them to return...

How one school reached out to missing students

Union High School principals and teachers tracked down missing students to see how they’re doing, where they’re learning and whether they’ll come back...

Thankful for parents, thankful for teachers

The pandemic has expanded parents’ role in education, from homework helper and field trip chaperone to full-time teacher and Zoom monitor. Educators, too, have adapted...

‘Hope on the horizon’ as local teachers start getting COVID-19 vaccine

Lincoln School special education teacher, Ann Post believes there is 'hope on the horizon' for Kent ISD teachers and educators across Kent County after receiving her first round of the COVID-19 vaccine...

Good behavior encouraged at home

For students learning from home, positive behavior rewards are still possible...

Pen pals build bonds during remote learning

How does a teacher create get-to-know-you opportunities for her new class of third-grade distance learners?

Partnership continues focus on student emotional, mental health

A group is working to identify trauma and provide support early in order to increase student success...

Online poetry, multimedia course encourages mental well-being for middle schoolers

A Grand Rapids nonprofit has made online writing and mental health materials available free of charge. At least one local middle-school teacher says the series is powerful and helps build community among classmates...

Through screens and technical glitches, learning goes on

In a year of forced online learning, teachers themselves have had much to learn in keeping students engaged and progressing...

Schools lean toward in-person classes but keep virtual, hybrid options

Schools move toward more in-person classes as the second semester of the school year begins...
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